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Directions to Mount Carmel Christian Church

Stone Mountain Freeway:
Take Stone Mountain Freeway to Hugh Howell Rd./GA 236 (Exit 7) toward Tucker.
Go approximately ½ mile and turn right onto Lilburn Stone Mountain Road.
Turn right at traffic light onto Old Stone Mountain Road.
Go approximately ½ mile to Mount Carmel Church on right.
Turn in driveway and follow it to the covered walkway to the Fellowship Hall. Look for
the balloons and flags!

Lawrenceville Highway:
From I-285 and Lawrenceville Highway, follow Lawrenceville Highway to downtown
Tucker. Cross Main Street. At the next traffic light (Longhorn Steak House on corner),
stay straight onto Hugh Howell Road.
Cross Mountain Industrial Blvd. and stay straight on Hugh Howell Road.
Go through 3 traffic lights and continue on Hugh Howell Road.
You will pass Eastminster Presbyterian and Smoke Rise Baptist Churches on the right.
At the next traffic light, turn left onto Lilburn Stone Mountain Road (Shell and BP
stations on the corner).
Go to next traffic light and turn right onto Old Stone Mountain Road.
Go approximately ½ mile to Mount Carmel Church on right.
Turn in driveway and follow it to the covered walkway to the Fellowship Hall. Look for
the balloons and flags!


Please click here for Mini Flower Show Titles And Participating Clubs - Plus Hospitality Schedules
September 28, 2017:
Susan Meyers,
Monarchs Across Georgia, volunteer and trainer"Monarchs and Milkweeds across Georgia”

Ladybug Garden club member Susan Meyers is a leading expert on the Monarch butterfly in Georgia. Her years of study and observation of the habits, migration and metamorphosis of the butterfly will provide fascinating insight. Susan will share the latest information on larval host plants such as native butterfly weed or Asclepias tuberosa and what plants to include in your gardens to create a personal "Monarch Waystation" to welcome them to your kingdom.


February 22, 2018:
Life Member Recognition Luncheon
“Honor Our Life Members”
At this annual event, individuals and clubs are recognized for their contributions with a Life Membership in DeKalb Federation, culminating with the announcement of the DeKalb Federation Life Member of the Year.

March 22, 2018:
Katherine Kennedy,
Executive Director, Concrete Jungle, Inc."Bridging the Gap between Surplus Fruit and the Hungry"Did you know that Atlanta has over 1600 different neglected fruit and nut trees? The amount of food collected from these trees translates in to thousands of pounds of fruits and nuts that are being harvested by volunteers all over the city. The produce is distributed to the Atlanta Food Bank and many other organizations who serve the needy all year long. Katherine Kennedy is the executive director of the Concrete Jungle organization here in Atlanta. She will share with you how she recruits volunteers to harvest, show you the farm where they grow vegetables for additional distribution and also tell us how you can participate in a "Pick It" event in your community.

October 26, 2017:
Kate Baltzell McAlphin, Executive Director and Ben Ackerley, Garden Manager, Woodlands Garden

"A Wooded Wonderland in the heart of Decatur"
Woodlands Garden Executive Director, Kate Baltzell McAlphin and Garden Manager, Ben Ackerley will introduce you to the seven acres of wooded beauty donated to the city in 2002 by the Morse family. Kate will share the garden history, tell us about the many community and educational activities at the garden and bring us up to date on the many changes in store with the purchase of the additional acre lot on the corner of Scott and Clairemont Roads in Decatur in 2016. Ben will feature the many unique varieties of native and non-native plants and specimen "Champion Trees" that populate the grounds and emphasize the volunteer programs that maintain the green space for the community.

Novemberr 10, 2017: Leading Lights



January 25, 2018:
Jim Pruckler, retired microbiologist with CDC, Member of North GA Camellia Society and American Camellia Society, Camellia expert

"Camellias: Intricate, Colorful, Captivating"
Iowa native Jim Pruckler moved to Atlanta with his wife after grad school and discovered to his delight that some plants bloom in the winter down south! Chief among them was the species of Camellia. As a scientist, Jim began to try a wide variety of ways to propagate his collection and add to it with air layering and seed collection. Jim will enchant us with cuttings from his garden and include slides of favorites that might not be in bloom at the time of his presentation. Jim is considered a regional authority on camellias and was tapped to go to Charleston, SC for a month long effort to rescue the camellia collection at Middleton Place Plantation after the historic flooding in October 2015.

April 26, 2018:  
"Congratulations Winners!" Awards Banquet. Our clubs and members will be recognized for their outstanding work during the past year, followed by a catered lunch.

May 24, 2018:  
Dave Simpson, Education Program Coordinator, Trees Atlanta, Inc."Atlanta's Verdant Beauty: What it Takes to Keep it Green"Since 1985, Trees Atlanta has been working to protect and improve Atlanta's urban forest through planting, conservation and education. Through the combined efforts of the staff and board and dedicated volunteers and the relationships with the community and corporate partners, Trees Atlanta has planted over 119,000 trees since its founding. The focus is to continue to plant and to properly maintain this canopy all over the city. Dave Simpson will share with us how the plantings have changed over time with greater emphasis on using native trees that are more drought tolerant and disease resistant. The impact of the Beltline Arboretum and Westside Trail Arboretum are major examples of the new direction of Trees Atlanta for the future and combined with summer youth camps, Junior Tree Keeper camp and other educational events that involve all ages of the community provide a tremendous benefit for Atlanta.

 “Presidents Recognition Ceremony”
Following the program, current Club Presidents, as well as former Federation Presidents, will be recognized for their service.


The DeKalb County Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.


Joy Zaiden, Coordinator

Blue Star Markers:
Our goal is to install a new Blue Star Marker in our DeKalb Community.  DeKalb Federation will apply for a matching Garden Club of Georgia grant to help defray the cost.

Blue Star Marker Restoration:
Sandy Suggs, Chairman
DeKalb Federation will restore the Blue Star Marker located at the I-85 Georgia Welcome Center in Lavonia, GA. This Marker was originally installed in 1974 by the Lake Ivanhoe Garden Club and moved in 2007 to this location. The cost for this restoration will be $750: Lake Ivanhoe has pledged $100, DeKalb Federation will apply for a matching Garden Club of Georgia grant in the amount of $375, and the remaining $275 will come from the DeKalb Federation budget.

Celebrating Us!:
Glendolyn Hallman and Rigby Duncan, Co-Chairman
In 2018, DeKalb Federation will celebrate our 70th anniversary with a reception held in the spring.  Confirming date and complete details will be announced at the January 2018 General Meeting.  Federation Former Presidents, as well as State and District Board members, and local dignitaries will be among the invited guests.


Healing Heroes:
Joan Bennett, Chairman
Therapeutic Gardening with Veterans receiving treatment at the Veterans Administration Northlake Clinical Annex, 2296 Henderson Mill Road NE, Tucker, GA 30084.  This will be a hands-on gardening addition to the “Recovery Through Creative Expressions” class the Veterans are attending.  This project involves planting 12 wooden planters located in a shady area outside the Annex.  The veterans will do the actual planting. DeKalb Federation members will be on site to provide gardening expertise, tools, plants and supplies.  This is a two-phase project, with phase 1 being the summer seasonal planting of four raised wooden planters flanking two wooden benches donated and installed by Home Depot.  Phase 2 will include planting the other eight planters in September with more permanent evergreen plantings.  This is a Garden Therapy project.

Holidays for Heroes:
Carol Hayes, Chairman
Member clubs will be encouraged to send holiday cards to active military personnel overseas by partnering with Dobbins Air Force Reserve Base, who will deliver the holiday greetings. Do not sign your name on the cards. A garden club could be listed or simply a greeting thanking the vet for their service. Holidays 4 Heroes Cards will be collected at the September meeting and taken to Dobbins Air Force Base for overseas distribution. Start signing your holiday cards this summer. We want lots of cards!

Patriotic Education Exhibits:
Clubs are encouraged to create and share exhibits in public places such as the DeKalb Federation meetings, libraries, or other available opportunities.

Plant Patriotic:
Members are encouraged to use red, white and blue plantings in beds or containers at their homes, subdivision entrances, Blue Star Markers, or any other public place.  Red, white and blue plants may be taken to the VA Hospital, assisted living facilities, fire stations or nursing homes.  Plant patriotic-named plants (Roses such as Veterans Honor, Peace, Heroes, Memorial Day, Welcome Home or Grateful Heart).  Please take a photo and submit it to Joy Zaidan.  We need documentation for our awards application.

Patriotic Tributes: (to Police and Law Enforcement)
Susan Turner, Chairman
Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Memorial - Every year in May, The DeKalb County Police Department conducts a special program honoring its fallen officers, and the garden clubs of the Federation will be invited to provide a wreath to place on their memorial.  Following the ceremony, the wreath will be taken to Washington, DC by public safety personnel, and placed on the National Memorial to Police Officers. Clubs are also encouraged to decorate mailboxes and hang/display patriotic wreaths on Patriotic holidays.


(with a Patriotic Theme)

Leading Lights Luncheon Fundraiser
Rigby Duncan, Chairman
First begun in 2003, this, our major fundraiser, is usually held on the third Thursday in November at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.  Guests enjoy a catered lunch, fashion show, a raffle of gift baskets donated by our members, and other items donated by local businesses, door prizes, and can get a head start on their holiday shopping by visiting our many vendor booths. Recognizing Homegrown Heroes who served out country while raising funds to support our projects. This year’s Leading Lights event is November 10, 2017, again a patriotic theme.  Support this fundraiser with your time, talents and presence by calling Rigby Duncan.

Patriotic Themed Mini Flower Shows
Sandra Wheeler, Chairman
This has been a continuing project since 1949. At our General Meetings (three times a year) one of our member clubs displays a floral design and horticulture, which is critiqued and scored by a Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judge and/or a student judge. Themes for 2017-2019 are:

    September No Show This Month
    October 26, 2017 "Homegrown Heroes"
    January 25, 2018 "Fireworks"
    March 22, 2018 "And the Rockets Red Glare"
    October 25, 2018 "Anchors Aweigh"
    January 24, 2019 "America the Beautiful"
    March 28, 2019 "Grateful Hearts"
    February No Show This Month

Never Forget 09/11/2001
Susan Turner, Chairman
On September 11 of each year, DeKalb Federation participates in the Memorial Service for 9/11 first responders by providing, and placing, a wreath on the memorial, which is located in front of the DeKalb County Public Safety Complex in Tucker.  Two of our members accompany the Public Safety Honor Guard to the memorial and place the wreath, while Taps is played. 

Valentines for Veterans
Joanne Bennett, Chairman
Each year, approximately 1000 Valentines are donated by our members for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Decatur.  We will also expand distribution to other locations, such as a VFW Post and the VA Northlake Clinical Annex.

(with a non-Patriotic Theme)

B.E.E. (Beautification and Environmental Education Grant)
Judy Lemoine, Chairman
Applications offering grants in the amount of $500 each are distributed to DeKalb County and City of Decatur public schools through their respective school systems. Completed applications are due by September 1 of each year. After review by the Grant Committee, a letter and check are mailed to the winning schools. The total amount available each year is $1,000, and has been awarded every year beginning 2009 through 2015, and is offered again for 2016 and 2017.

Download the 2015-16 Application Form:
B.E.E Grant form in MS Word
B.E.E. Grant Application.pdf Garden Therapy

Community Service
Joanne Bennett, Chairman
Project Fig Leaf  - Donations of good used and new clothing for men, women and children, as well as toiletries and other personal items are collected by our clubs and delivered to either the Georgia Regional Hospital in Atlanta or the VA Hospital for their residents. Christmas stockings and Easter eggs, decorated by our members, are donated to the hospitals, nursing homes, or other deserving organizations. 

Federation Newsletter
Rigby Duncan, Chairman
Each month (September through May) we publish a newsletter of Federation activities and upcoming events.  Articles are provided by our committee chairmen and our member clubs, and special achievements are spotlighted.  News and events from NGC, GCG, and Redbud District are shared, along with those of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, where we are located.

(with a non-Patriotic Theme)

Garden Center
Diane Hunter, Director
The Garden Center, located on the grounds of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, is our most challenging project – keeping it staffed with volunteers and accessible to our members and the public.  Club members tend the grounds around the Center.  New plants and shrubbery are added as needed.  The Garden Center is available to our clubs for meetings free of charge, and is utilized for Federation Board meetings, workshops, and other gatherings.

Garden Therapy
Joanne Bennett, Chairman
Garden Therapy is now required to be a hands-on type of project where the participants at the hospitals/nursing homes, etc. will be doing the activity.   Garden club members will provide oversite.  Our new Special Project – Healing Heroes – is our Garden Therapy Project. 

Growth Through Membership
Renie Falkenberry, Chairman
Renie Faulkenberry, Chairman We'll be reaching out to grow our Federation membership, both on the individual and club level. On the club level we'll identify clubs that have dropped Federation membership in the past 10 years and make direct appeals to get them to rejoin. We'll also participate in any practical opportunity to put the work of the Federation before the public through newsletters, and working with our partner, Callanwolde, on special events. We're also providing our members with posters to place in public buildings, advertising garden club membership.

(with a non-Patriotic Theme)

Keep DeKalb Beautiful
Barbara Adam, Chairman
This organization is involved with making our community safe, environmentally, by promoting recycling, eliminating illegal signs and overgrown properties, and many other worthwhile projects. Our members contribute by donating money and participating in recycling, cleanup days, etc. The Chairman shares this information with our members at our monthly meetings and through emails

Library Alice Boyd and Sandy Reed, Co-Chairmen
The Library, located downstairs in the Garden Center, is well stocked with books and videos on gardening, design, landscaping, etc., available to club members.  New books are often added through donations and purchases.  The entire collection is now cataloged in an electronic data base.

CONTINUING PROJECTS (with a non-Patriotic Theme)

Pull And Save A Tab For Ronald McDonald
Judy Lemoine, Chairman
We collect pull-tabs from aluminum containers, which will be given to the local Ronald McDonald House near Emory University.  The tabs will be sold to an aluminum recycler and the funds used for projects at the House.  The Chairman weighs each club’s contributions, and recognizes them at our meetings.

Website Barbara Maaskant, Chairman
Established in 2006, DeKalb Federation has developed a comprehensive website which addresses all facets of our organization. Updates are made as needed, usually within a few days. This is a wonderful way to convey items of interest not only to our members, but to the general public as well.

Members of The DeKalb County Federation of Gardens Clubs, Inc., support the following activities through donations of time and talent:

National Garden Clubs, Inc., and Deep South Region Special Projects
The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. and Redbud District Special Projects
Redbud District Flower Show (Yellow Daisy)
Christmas at Callanwolde

For committee members contact information, click here

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